This post was updated on October 21, 2022
Clean after Sanding Deck?
Yes, after sanding, it is suggested to lightly clean and brighten the wood. This will help open the wood grain so the stain can dive even deeper into the wood. Better penetration = better stain performance!
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Sanding Deck Tips
Sanding removes any raised wood fibers from power washing and opens the pores of the wood to assist in soaking in the stain or sealer. It is important to use the correct sanding grit on your deck. The recommended sanding grit is 60 to 80. This is because a higher grit could make the deck too smooth, and will close down the pores of the wood. Closed pores make it more difficult for the stain to be absorbed and could lead to premature stain failure.
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